The Albia varsity baseball team posted an 8-1 victory over Keokuk last Wednesday with Garin Grinstead and Jaden Hugen combining to pitch a six-hit gem.

The Purple Chief’s only run came in the second with Grinstead on the mound. He gave up four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings. Hugen came on to pitch the final two and a third and gave up two hits, walked three and struck out two.

Albia scored first  in the first, added runs in the fourth and fifth, then blew up Keokuk with a five-run sixth.

Nate Wynn and Hunter DeMoss led the 12-hit attack with three hits each. Wynn had a double including an RBI and DeMoss had two RBI. Tein Thiravong had two hits and two RBI, Garin Grinstead had an RBI single and Drew Chance, Elijah Smith and Hugen all had hits.

Albia split with Van Buren

The Blue Demons pitched a bit by committee in their 6-1 win over Van Buren on June 26. With a three-run first inning and a four-run lead after three, Coach Brad DeMoss lifted starter Thiravong who was perfect in three with five strikeouts. Drew Chance came on to pitch hitless ball with a run scored and five strikeouts and Garin Grinstead finished the final inning with no hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

The Blue Demons put together a five-hit attack with Beau Little and Jaden Hugen each with an RBI single, Logan Heaton had a single and Hunter DeMoss, Nate Wynn and Gage Oddo all had hits.

In the second game, Van Buren posted a 10-0 win, scoring three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth. The 10th run ended the game after six innings.

Elijah Smith took the loss, throwing four innings and giving up five runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Wyatt Sinclair pitched one and two-thirds giving up five runs on four hits with four walks.

Van Buren’s Fett pitched a perfect game against the Blue Demons with  four strikeouts.

Loss to Knoxville

The Blue Demons lost 7-3 to Knoxville on Monday night with Tein Thiravong on the mound. The game was tied 1-1 when Knoxville scored four runs in the sixth and added two in the seventh. The Panthers wound up with 14 hits including two doubles and a home run.

Statistics for the Blue Demons were not available at press time.